ARTIST’S STATEMENT “I have spent my life being involved in the making of paintings and drawings both as a practitioner and as a teacher. I studied painting at Camberwell School of Art and at The Royal Academy Schools. More recently, for sixteen years, I was involved in running an Art Gallery with my partner, Nick Hais, also a painter. I have written articles for fine art magazines and with my partner was commissioned to produce a book about colour called ‘Mix your own Acrylics’, which was very popular. I have exhibited at various galleries in London and elsewhere, as well as in very many Art Fairs across England and Scotland. My paintings are a figurative exploration of my immediate surroundings and of images I record when travelling, mostly in countries surrounding the Mediterranean and Aegean. Responding to the excitement of the visual world, the play of light on buildings, the intensity of shadows, the brash colours of man-made objects and the way figures integrate with their surroundings, I produce paintings in which colour is a major factor. I was trained in a very traditional ethos, taught to observe carefully and to respond to the wonder of visual subtleties. That training has stayed with me always, I am compelled to look intently and record what I see. There is also, inevitably, a narrative concern and a wish to make observations about how humanity relates to the world. I follow themes and my paintings are grouped according to a particular interest at the time. I usually work in Acrylic but also produce drawings using water colour pencils.”
JILL and HYDRA Jill's love affair with Greece started over fifty years ago. Back in the 1960's she visited Greece for the first time and has been returning ever since. On an early visit to Crete she arrived in Matala and in true hippy fashion spent time there as a 'cave-dweller'. Since then she has visited many parts of the country, including Athens and the mainland, (the Peloponnese in particular) and many of the Cycladic Islands. Some ten years ago she went to the Argo-Saronic Islands for the first time and instantly fell in love with Hydra. She now regularly returns there and armed with sketchbook, drawing materials and watercolours, as well as her camera, she gathers material for her Hydra paintings.
Hydra Paintings